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Communism's ShadowHistorical Legacies and Contemporary Political Attitudes$
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Grigore Pop-Eleches and Joshua A. Tucker

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691175591

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691175591.001.0001

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Social Welfare

Social Welfare

(p.186) Chapter 6 Social Welfare
Communism's Shadow

Grigore Pop-Eleches

Joshua A. Tucker

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the mechanisms underlying the greater support for an active welfare state among residents of post-communist countries. The analysis found very strong evidence that additional years of exposure to communist rule were correlated with greater support for state responsibility for social welfare. Moreover, and in line with the findings from the preceding two chapters, this chapter also shows that adult communist exposure has a greater impact on welfare state attitudes than childhood exposure. However, unlike in the previous two chapters, it appears that the attitudinal imprint of communism affects not only individuals with long personal exposures to communism but also post-communist citizens with very limited personal exposures to communist regimes and welfare states.

Keywords:   welfare state, post-communist countries, communist regimes, state responsibility, social welfare, adult communist exposure, childhood communist exposure, communism, post-communist citizens

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